A fairly sobering but important article today. Learning how to stay safe at University is a course no-one signs up for and it certainly isn’t the most pervasive topic in students minds, but it is an important matter to think about if you are a student. What are some things I can do to keep myself secure you ask? Here are a few tips that will help you keep your health in check and your possessions protected.
Can someone steal my identity if I use an ATM?
Yes, check the machine before you use it to see if it has been tampered with. People can use a technique called, Skimming, where they read the magnetic strip that you use when you swipe your card. They gain access to your bank account information and credit card PIN number and steal your identity, so check before you use an ATM.
Do drinks really get spiked at University?
Yes, as a student you will have many new friends, some of who will have either gotten drugged at a party, or who have even drugged people because they thought it would be ‘funny’. This is a serious issue in some Universities and students have got themselves arrested before now because they were so messed up. Make sure you know where you are getting your drink from and never drink out of opened bottles or cups that have been left unattended.
How common is theft on University campuses?
Theft is often prevalent at any college you will go to. For example, there are countless examples of students getting their valuables, phones and money stolen – simply because students failed to equip themselves with basic security devices – like locks and alarms. Opportune thieves steal bikes, calculators, laptops, iPads – anything that’s easily taken – so protecting your things is not a joking matter.
Finally, your personal safety is a major thing to think about if you are in University. Sometimes bad things can happen if you don’t take the necessary precautions against them, so consider these things together – take the essential precautions and you certainly won’t regret it.